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A 21-year-old male asked:

Which topical antibiotic is better for acne erythromycin or clindamycin ?

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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Both can be: effective. Each person has a different response to topical acne treatments. If one is tried and doesn't work well after a good trial period of time, it could be switched to the other.

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When do you become immune to topical antibiotics such as clindamycin and erythromycin for acne?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Varies: You MUST NOT use antibiotics -- topical or systemic -- as the sole treatment for acne. They need to be part of a combined treatment with topical benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or a retinoic acid derivative. Do this, and you may be able to manage on a combined regimen. If this fails, consider a systemic tetracycline or isotretinoin. The latter works but isn't for the faint-hearted.

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